The Slate River Trailhead extension is ready for recreation!

Maxwell Carroll, working on the new extension at the Slate River Trailhead


A warm morning awakened Crested Butte on Saturday, June 2nd. A few rain clouds manifested above. Groups of volunteers piled into the shuttle at the 4-way, while others opted to ride their bicycles out to the Slate River Winter Trailhead.

Their mission: to help the Crested Butte Land Trust create Gunnison County’s first handcycle compatible single track trail, which connects from the Slate River Trailhead to the Lupine Trail. Armed with arbor hoes, pulaskis, shovels and determination, 182 volunteers took the task head-on.

The day was a family affair, as young and old worked side by side to build the 36-inch single track. Rosemary Carroll, and her sons Ethan and Maxwell, were hard at work. “It builds community and gives ownership of the trail system, and when we’re out biking we will always remember that we built this turn,” says Rosemary. “It makes our town a better place.”

The trail was completed around 3 p.m., just before winds picked up and a distant storm approached. A few enthusiastic riders took to the trail to test it out. The overall consensus: the new extension of the Lupine Trail is superb.

The Land Trust would like to give a huge thanks to each and every one of the 182 volunteers who came out for National Trails Day to help build this trail. We also appreciate the help of our partners, the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association, 1% for Open Space, the Gunnison County Trails Commission, and the Town of Crested Butte. Quite simply, we couldn’t do it without you – thank you!

Photo by Katie Onheiber